Ex-Norwich City midfielder David Bell completes ‘unbelievable’ move to non-league King’s Lynn Town

David Bell faces the camera while at Norwich City ahead of the 2008/09 season. Picture: Simon Finlay David Bell faces the camera while at Norwich City ahead of the 2008/09 season. Picture: Simon Finlay

Friday, January 24, 2014
12:25 PM

Semi-professional King’s Lynn Town have this morning completed a massive transfer coup by signing former Norwich City midfielder David Bell.

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Gary Setchell has convinced the 30-year-old to join the Linnets after he decided to cancel his contract by mutual consent at League One Notts County and drop into the part-time game.

Bell – who has amassed more than £1m in transfer fees during his professional career – is thought to be keen on pursuing a career in coaching as well as playing in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

Setchell, who has stayed in touch with the Irish ace since they were both at Rushden & Diamonds, hailed the big-name arrival as an “unbelievable coup” and “monstrous signing” for Lynn.

The Kettering-born player made his name with Rushden and Luton Town before the Canaries paid £600,000 for his services in July 2008. He appeared 20 times for the Carrow Road club.

Coventry City reportedly dished out £500,000 to take him back to the Midlands in January 2009 and the midfielder, who can operate out wide or through the middle, remained there until last summer.

After 98 appearances in three-and-a-half-years, scoring six goals, he joined County on a free following his release from the Sky Blues.

Bell has played 13 times this term but is now set to make his first appearance in Lynn colours when Ilkeston arrive at The Walks tomorrow.

- Read tomorrow’s EDP for more on Lynn’s huge capture.

14 comments

  • The name doesn't rings a bell..

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    Johny

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • 'oh sammy clighan'- it could have been you!

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    malmocanary

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Mattias, Simon Whaley played only 4 games for Norwich, 3 of them in L1. Lambo terminated his contract within 6 months of becoming manager. I think he played him just twice. SW wandered about, and his career finished at Chorley in 2011, due to a recurrent knee injury. I think he was in the infamous 1-7 Colchester line-up but I try to blot out memories of that day..... I really wonder how Gunny went about recruitment. Couldn`t have met them all in Golf Course restaurants, surely? Theoklitos!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Good luck to him anyway.

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    ScotCan

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • When does wringing the bell end? (Creative credit to `The Darkness`).

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Kings Lynn is marginally closer to Coventry than Norwich is to Coventry I suppose? Wasnt that the issue with him? Well the excuse for his poor performances anyway, that he wanted to return closer to Coventry. Oh well big move for a club like Kings lynn. I expect him to play 7 matches and then leave the club.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Oh behave Malmo! We still sing that in the barclay on match days! So funny how sammy ditches someone when they get relegated. Multiple offender but last time was funniest as it left him with out a club for nearly a year when nobody would touch him. Last time I bothered to check he was playing in scotland. Stayed put there hopefully after learning his lesson that the bills need paying.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Oh he was certainly in the line up against Colchester. While players are allowed a personal life too, maybe going out getting wrecked in the very city you just lost 7-1 in wasnt the best idea. Not surprised Spillane was covered in blood. Dont bring up Theokolitis!!!! Horrific keeper! People complaining about Mark Bunn clearly never witnessed this guy. Side,Side,Side note: Michael Theokolitis changed his name legally to just Michael Theo when he returned to play in Australia. Trying to erase himself being involved with that day against Colchester? We will never forget Michael! Last time I checked he actually still got paid to be a goalkeeper for Brisbane Roar.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • I`d say KL is about 45 miles closer to Coventry than Naaridge is, Mattias but it`s still about 100 miles. (memories of my trips to Coventry and back on my ancient DMW motorbike, 1966\7, via Kings Lynn). Still not as close as Nottingham or Kettering, they`re about 45\35 miles away. My first reaction to the headline was "Who?? - Doesn`t ring any..." . I reckon it must be open-topped bus time in King`s Lynn.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Bell is a bell. Fact

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    B Inners

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Yes, I would imagine that David Bell finds it unbelievable as well!

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    ScotCan

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Does Theo suck a lolly? Kojak! How did an experienced, International ex-goalie employ Theo?? What was he on? Other stars were Owain Tudur Jones, a lanky sick-note who still operates at Inverness Caledonian Thistle (I think) and they qualified for Europe!! Cody McDonald, now at Gillingham. Steven Hughes (?). Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton?). Not so bad was good ol` Michael Nelson. There`s one whose name escapes me. They named a little North Norfolk village after him.... aah, eureka - Holt! I know Gunn is hung in the Hall of Fame but he should also be hung - in the Chamber of Infamy.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Come to think of it, does anyone know what happened to Simon Whalley? Or how ever you spell his name. Signed from Preston and banded as a big deal despite Preston fans laughing there head off at us. Played a few games under Gunny then shipped out never to be seen or heard of again under Lambert. Heard he was struggling with depression. Last time I ever saw him was in the Kebab shop opposite mercy, many moons ago the very day we lost to Colchester humilating fashion. He & Michael Spillane were both utterly smashed and Spillane oddly had bloody all over his shirt and knuckles. Remembering times like that makes me realise maybe our current crop do care alot more than we give them credit for.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • If only the bell`s end would ring peace between NCFC & AVFC. (Creative credit to J&D Hawkins of Lowstuff).

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 24, 2014

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